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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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First candidate to gain ARCA ILM Qualification

Congratulations to Chris Dobson on being the first candidate to gain the ARCA ILM qualification.

To gain the ARCA ILM Leadership and Management qualification Chris passed all four units (which took the form of classroom sessions and assignments) which covered; communications management, risk management, developing people and managing people in the workplace.

“I’m delighted to have gained this ILM qualification and in the time I set myself!” said Chris Dobson, Health, Safety and Quality Manager for Thompsons of Prudhoe.

“I was looking for a further management qualification, so when I heard about the ILM qualification developed by ARCA, it was ideal. I enjoyed the topics and the challenge. I’d like to thank my tutor, James, who was very supportive throughout the whole process, and my employer for encouraging staff development.”

“Now I’m keen to submit my application for membership to the Asbestos Removal Management Institute (ARMI).”

Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, met Chris at the Association’s North East Regional Meeting last week. “It’s fantastic to see the commitment Chris has shown in gaining this qualification in the time he has and the support he has had from our member Thompsons of Prudhoe. I had pleasure in talking to him about the ARMI application process.”

Information on the ARCA ILM Qualification can be found on the ARCA website

ARCA hosts Japanese delegation

On Friday, 25th November 2016, Steve Sadley and Satish Patel had the honour and privilege to receive a Japanese delegation.

The delegation included members of the Asbestos Surveyors Association (ASA) Japan, an occupational health consultant, journalists who write on environmental issues, a researcher and their translator who works for an analyst laboratory in Japan.

The meeting started with a technical discussion, aimed at expanding ideas on asbestos removal practices and the skills required by asbestos removal workers in the UK. The delegates had visited the HSL research labs in Buxton the day before and were keen to see in practice the ventilation of enclosures and how this can be used as a control measure.

The delegation toured the training facilities at Burton and were impressed with the provision allocated to deliver quality training. In particular, the approach of using water based showers in DCUs as opposed to air showers, which are used in Japan.

The entire team went away with a good understanding of the standards within the UK’s asbestos removal industry and how ARCA supports its members.

Following this visit Aspect Contracts arranged for the delegation to visit asbestos removal sites.

Clarke’s Environmental receives ARCA National Training Award 2016

At the ARCA Annual General Meeting Clarke’s Environmental was presented with the ARCA National Training Award.

The National Training Award 2015/2016 was received as Clarke’s trained 29 asbestos removal operatives and/or supervisors with ARCA, and their candidates achieved the highest average score across all candidates trained in this period.

“Congratulations to the team at Clarke’s Environmental. Candidates collectively scored an average of 95.7% which is a great achievement,” commented Satish Patel, ARCA Training Manager.

ARCA presents Service to the Industry Awards at AGM 2016

At the ARCA Annual General Meeting 2016 the ARCA Chairman, Grant Beglan, presented two Service to the Industry Awards.

Before presenting the awards Grant Beglan commented, “I am delighted to present these special awards to two people who have had a long and dedicated service to the Association, including being past chairmen and supporting a number of initiatives to improve standards within the industry. It has been a pleasure working with them and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

An award was presented to Tony Darsey, Managing Director of Erith Contractors Ltd, for his continual support to the Association; as a Governing Council member and also for serving two terms as ARCA Chairman and currently chairing the Training Committee. His continual drive has supported the Association in its delivery of exceptional training courses and qualifications.

A Service to the Industry Award was also presented to Jason Davy, Managing Director of Rhodar Ltd, who, as a Governing Council member, played a leading role in introducing the ARCA site audit accreditation scheme with the aim of raising standards. With his commitment to keeping asbestos removal standards within the Association high, he has supported moving the scheme to unannounced audits, which will be in place for 2017.

ARCA Staff Complete Bike Challenge for Charity Week

Team covers 480 miles in under 24 hours

The ARCA team started their challenge on Monday, leaving Glasgow at 9am, and after three working days on an exercise bike in the office, that is nearly 24 hours, they reached Rayleigh.

There was some testing and painful times, but a great team spirit from all – Steve, Satish, Nicci, Isabelle, Giulia, Lucy, Sarah, Colin and Geoff.

Congratulations to all the team for their fantastic effort to support the ARCA Charities, Mesothelioma UK and the Indee Rose Trust.

The ARCA team appreciated all your support www.justgiving.com/teams/ARCACharityWeek